Dr. Paul W. Scanlon, 87

Dr. Paul W. Scanlon, 87, longtime Mayo Clinic Staff member, died at Seasons Hospice Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012, surrounded by his family and loving wife of 64 years, Jane.

The cause of death was complications of Alzheimer’s Disease.

Dr. Paul W. Scanlon
Dr. Paul W. Scanlon

Born March 1, 1924, in Fulton, NY, he was the second-born of Maurice and Mary Barbara Scanlon.

After graduating from high school at age 16, he attended Syracuse University on the Navy V12 scholarship program, receiving his M.D. degree in 1946. While interning at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago, he met student nurse Jane Marie Blomstrand. They married on Feb. 10, 1948, in long Beach, Calif., while he was stationed at the long Beach Naval Base Hospital.

He was transferred to Great Lakes Naval Hospital, where he served until 1950. A chance request to accompany his former roommate to an interview at Mayo Clinic resulted in Paul being offered a residency in radiology, thus beginning his career-long commitment to Mayo Clinic and the Rochester community.

He completed his residency in 1952 and joined the Mayo Staff in 1953. He enjoyed a long, distinguished career at Mayo Clinic, ascending to Chairman of the Department of Therapeutic Radiology and the title of Professor of Therapeutic Radiology. His work on radiation dosing led to split-dose therapy being adopted as a standard treatment option, and his work with brain tumors produced a definitive paper concerning the treatment of astrocytoma.

Both during his years on Mayo Clinic Staff and after his retirement in 1984, he and Jane were avid world travelers, and they have enjoyed winters in Marco Island, Fla., since 1986. Together they enjoyed bicycling, gardening, reading, the arts, and spending time with family. They were generous supporters of Mayo Clinic Foundation and many local and national charities.

He is survived by his wife, Jane, and their children: Dr. Patricia Scanlon Bloom and Dr. Harrison G. Bloom, and their children, Laura Bloom Fletcher and Jedd Bloom; Dr. Barry Scanlon, and his sons, Alex Scanlon and Collin Scanlon Gumprecht; and Dr. Paul Scanlon and Maggie Scanlon, R.N., and their children, Luke Scanlon and Kelsey Scanlon, R.N.

He was preceded in death by a son, Michael; a daughter, Barbara; and his sister, Janet Scanlon Jennings.

The funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 25, at St. Francis Catholic Church, 1114 3rd Street, S.E., in Rochester, with the Rev. Mark McNea officiating. A lunch will follow.

Contributions in lieu of flowers may be directed to the Channel One Food Bank, the Poverello Foundation for patients in financial need at St. Mary’s Hospital, or Seasons Hospice of Rochester.

Macken Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

On-line condolences are welcome at www.mackenfuneralhome.com.